In this move from the business club lounges of the nation’s airports into the corridors of power in Canberra, and for The Australian to be seen shaping opinion, it must keep in step with it. One of the problems for The Australian this year is to keep up with the change in power that is already underway in Canberra and is about to become a formal reality.
Minor parties like the Greens never like to face up to it, but their development is often less dependent on their own initiatives than what goes on in the major parties. The Greens have especially been influenced by developments in Labor.
Labor and government IR policies are basically similar because they are both driven by the same reality, the unions have been neutralised as a social force.
Keating’s solution during his last term was a project to create a more assertive and independent Australian nationalism based on three R’s; reconciliation, regionalism and republicanism. In reality much of it was about boosting the stature of the political class – rehabilitating it over past mistakes (the ‘sorry’ campaigns) and aggrandising it through the republican push.
Poor Mr. Morgan. For the second time this year his polling organisation has suggested a possibly interesting turn in polling trends that was ignored until picked up by a rival organisation.
The usual response to any talk of Liberal crisis on defeat is to remind that similar talk went on in the 1990s that was proved wrong by Howard coming to power. Yet the Howard government has shown exactly what this discussion was about.
A fight where there is nothing really at stake is the most annoying type of politics and has left Howard open to an anti-politics move at the federal level by Rudd.
Although Rudd is now re-making the ALP to make what will turn out to be a very different Labor government than what has gone before, so far the Labor party going to this election under Rudd is not really that different than the one that followed Latham. But the immediate news of this election will be to see exposed federally what has already happened in the states, the crisis of the Liberal party.
To read much of the Judge’s decision and the media comment about it, you could get the impression that this is all about the detention of Haneef and the excessive use of anti-terrorism powers.
Rudd’s job now is to stop boring the nation on how drunk he was four years ago.